If you need a bit of inspiration in the kitchen when it comes to the meals you whip up for your family, you’ll want to reach for your food processor.
What can a food processor do?
This appliance can tackle a variety of cooking tasks, such as cutting, slicing, dicing, and making dough.
So, with that in mind, let’s explore some of the best and most delicious food processor recipes.
These are going to make you want to use your food processor more than ever.
Easy And Tasty Food Processor Recipes To Try
Parsley And Basil Pesto
If you love pasta dishes, pesto is a must-have.
Not only is it delicious and fragrant, but adding lemon to it gives it a lovely burst of crispness.
Here’s how to make a parsley and basil pesto for pasta night.
- 2 cups basil leaves
- 1 cup parsley
- ¼ cup almonds (toasted and slivered)
- 2 garlic cloves
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons lemon zest (grated)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ cup olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- Put the parsley, basil, garlic, and almonds in a food processor.
- Pulse them until they’re chopped.
- Then, add the juice, honey, lemon zest, and salt.
- Process the ingredients until they are blended. Continue to process them while slowly adding in the olive oil.
- Finally, add the cheese, then pulse the ingredients again until they’re nicely blended.
To prevent your pesto from becoming bitter, you should avoid overmixing it in the food processor. Only blend it until the ingredients in the recipe have been combined.
If it happens that you’ve already made the pesto bitter, you can add some more salt, lemon, or cheese to fix it.
Lemon bars are a must to make when you want a sweet, slightly tart, treat.
Here’s what you’ll need to make delicious lemon bars that provide a twist on the traditional recipe with almonds and coconut.
For the crust:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup almonds (toasted)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
- ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
- ¾ cup cold butter
For the filling:
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Put the confectioners’ sugar, flour, lemon zest, and almonds in your food processor. Process the ingredients until the nuts have become finely chopped.
- Then, add the butter. Pulse the ingredients so that the ingredients become crumbly in texture.
- Remove the mixture and press it into a greased baking pan.
- Bake the mixture in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- While it bakes, you should put the sugar, coconut, eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Whisk it well.
- When the crumbly mixture in the oven has become golden around the edges, take it out and rest it on the counter.
- Pour the ingredients that are in your bowl over the crumbly mixture and put it back in the oven. You want to bake it for about 25 minutes, until it’s golden brown in colour and doesn’t jiggle when you move the pan.
- When it’s baked, cool it on a wire rack. Then, cut it up into bars and dust it with confectioners’ sugar.
Brioche might feel daunting to make, but they can be made pretty easily with your trusty food processor.
- 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
- ¼ cup warm milk
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick butter, cut into pieces
- 4 eggs (one extra for egg wash)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Dissolve your yeast in the milk.
- Using your food processor’s dough blade, put one cup of flour, the yeast-milk mixture, salt, butter, and sugar into the food processor. Pulse the mixture a few times. It should look crumbly in texture.
- Keep your food processor on and put the rest of the flour and the eggs, one at a time, down the feed tube.
- Process the ingredients until you can see that it’s starting to form dough.
- When the dough can be pulled away from the sides of the bowl, you can turn off the food processor.
- Leave the dough inside it for an hour so that it can rise. You’ll know it’s ready when it has become double its size.
- Then, pulse the dough once or twice. This is the equivalent of punching it down.
- Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius and grease two loaf pans.
- Take the dough out of the food processor and cut it up into about 16 parts that are the same size. However, if you want to make individual brioches, put small balls of dough in a muffin tin.
- Roll each part into a small bowl. Then, put the balls of dough at the bottom of the loaf pans.
- Cover the balls with buttered plastic wrap. Leave the dough to rise again for about an hour. It should double in size again.
- With the egg wash, which is made with one egg beaten with one teaspoon of water, you should lightly brush the dough.
- Then, put it into the oven to bake for about 20 minutes. If you’re choosing to make individual brioches in a muffin tin, you should only bake them for about 12 minutes
Classic Potato Gratin
To make delicious potato gratin, you will need to use the slicing attachment of your food processor for the potatoes and use your processor to blend up a delicious, creamy mixture that will be poured over them to bake.
- 5 garlic cloves
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 ½ medium shallots (quartered through root ends)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 4 pounds russet potatoes (thinly sliced)
- 3 ounces Gruyère (grated)
- 1 ounce parmesan cheese (grated)
- Preheat your oven to 162 degrees Celsius.
- Use the slicing attachment of your food processor to thinly slice your potatoes. Put them aside.
- Cut a garlic clove in half and rub it over the inside of a baking dish.
- You should also smear butter all over the dish.
- Put shallots, salt, pepper, cream, thyme leaves, and the remaining garlic cloves in a small saucepan. Let it simmer on low heat. You want to cook the ingredients until the garlic and shallots are soft. This should take about 15 minutes.
- Once cooled, put these ingredients in a food processor and process them until they become nice and smooth.
- Put the thin slices of potatoes in a dish, being sure to cover the base of the dish.
- Then, pour the creamy mixture over them.
- Bake the potatoes for about an hour until they’re soft.
- Put the rack in the highest position in the oven and then add the parmesan and gruyére to the potatoes. You want to broil them until the top goes golden brown.
Carrot Salad With Pistachios
A tasty, healthy salad ticks all the right boxes for the family.
Grab your food processor to try this recipe.
- ¼ cup raw pistachios
- 3 garlic cloves (grated)
- ¾ teaspoon coriander seeds
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- ⅓ teaspoon red pepper flakes (crushed)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 cup carrots (peeled and grated)
- 1 cup cilantro leaves
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees so you can toast your pistachio nuts on a baking sheet. When they are golden brown in colour, let them cool down. Then chop them up in the food processor.
- Toast coriander in a dry skillet over medium heat. Make sure you toss it often, for approximately one minute. Allow it to cool, then coarsely chop in the food processor.
- Whisk the red pepper flakes, coriander, lemon juice, and garlic in a bowl. Then, whisk in the oil and add salt to season.
- Add the carrots to the salad and toss it well.
- When ready to serve, toss it again, this time with the nuts and cilantro.
Tips For Using A Food Processor
Here are some tips and tricks to help you use your food processor like a professional chef.
- Make sure you choose the right blade. Your food processor probably has many blades, such as a blade for chopping and a blade for dough. These are different and should be used for their intended purposes, otherwise you will encounter problems. For example, the blade for chopping can become too hot during use so you shouldn’t use it for delicate work, such as making dough.
- Hold the blade in place while you pour the ingredients out of the food processor. This prevents the blade from falling into your bowl and it also avoids spills.
- Put cold ingredients into a food processor. This ensures that they will be less likely to deteriorate during the process.
- When you want to chop ingredients, make sure you pulse the food processor on and off until you get the consistency you want. If you just leave it on, this will make the ingredients too fine.
Can you wash a food processor in the dishwasher?
Check the instruction manual to find out if its parts can be put in the dishwasher. Never put them too close to the machine’s heating element.
Should you freeze meat before cutting it in a food processor?
You can slice hard meat, such as sausages, in a food processor. But, make sure you freeze it first to enable you to make clean cuts instead of tearing through it.
A food processor is every cook’s treasure!
If you’re not sure what to make with your food processor, consider these recipes we’ve outlined.
You’ll be sure to want to include your food processor in all your future recipes.